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Francis E. McGovern

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Francis E. McGovern
Francis E. McGovern.jpg
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
September 12, 1911 – November 10, 1914
Preceded byAugustus E. Willson
Succeeded byDavid I. Walsh
22nd Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1911 – January 4, 1915
LieutenantThomas Morris
Preceded byJames O. Davidson
Succeeded byEmanuel L. Philipp
Personal details
Born(1866-01-21)January 21, 1866
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMay 16, 1946(1946-05-16) (aged 80)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Resting placeForest Home Cemetery
Political partyRepublican (Before 1934)
Democratic (1934–1946)
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin (BA)

Francis E. McGovern (January 21, 1866 – May 16, 1946), was an American lawyer and politician from Wisconsin. He served as the 22nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1911 to 1915.

Early life

McGovern was born in Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.[1] He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1890,[2] and served as high school principal in Brodhead, Wisconsin and Appleton, Wisconsin. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1897.[3] He began the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Political career

He was elected District Attorney in Milwaukee in 1904, and served as District Attorney from 1903-1904 and from 1905-1908. [4] In 1908, he ran for U.S. Senator but was defeated. He was elected Governor of Wisconsin in 1910 and 1912.[5] McGovern supported the La Follette progressive wing of the Republican Party. He broke with La Follette in 1912 by supporting Theodore Roosevelt and La Follette worked to defeat his reelection in 1914, in conjunction with anti-tax conservative Republicans.[6][3] He ran for U.S. Senator in 1914 and was defeated.[7]

After leaving the governorship, he resumed the practice of law. When World War I began he entered the U.S. Army as a Major, and served as Judge Advocate of the 18th Division.[8] In 1920 he served as general counsel for the U.S. Shipping Board.<[4] He resumed the practice of law in Milwaukee in 1921 and served as president of the Milwaukee Bar Association in 1923.[9] He was a member of the executive committee of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

He died on May 16, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is interred in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.[10]


  1. ^ Wisconsin egislative Reference Bureau, ed. (1981). The State of Wisconsin 1981-1982 Blue Book. Wisconsin Department of Administration. p. 697.
  2. ^ "Francis E. McGovern Papers, 1909-1915, 1935". Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aid. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Buenker, John D. (1998). The History of Wisconsin, Vol. IV: The Progressive Era, 1893-1914. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society. p. 528.
  4. ^ a b "Francis E. McGovern, 1905-1944". Milwaukee County Historical Society. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Francis E. McGovern, Progressive Era governor". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "McGovern, Francis E." Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  7. ^ McGovern, Francis 1966 - 1976
  8. ^ "Francis E. McGovern Papers, 1909-1915, 1935". Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aid. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  9. ^ E. Thompson Company (1922). Law Notes, Volume 26. E. Thompson Company. p. 215.
  10. ^ "Historical People". Forest Home Cemetery. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2014.

External links

Party political offices
Preceded by
James O. Davidson
Republican nominee for Governor of Wisconsin
1910, 1912
Succeeded by
Emanuel L. Philipp
First Republican nominee for United States Senator from Wisconsin (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Irvine Lenroot
Preceded by
Harry W. Bolens
Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
William Sullivan
Political offices
Preceded by
James O. Davidson
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Emanuel L. Philipp
Preceded by
Augustus E. Willson
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
David I. Walsh
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